Berkowitz files to run for re-election in 2018

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz at a press conference at City Hall, August 12, 2015. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media)

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In a form filed with the state’s Political Offices Commission Thursday, Berkowitz indicated he is planning to run again for mayor in 2018.

“This allows me to start moving on the campaign,” Berkowitz said by phone. “We’ll have a more formal, splashier announcement later in the year. But this is the time to begin.”

Prior to being elected mayor in 2015, Berkowitz was a Democratic representative in the state Legislature, and ran unsuccessfully for governor against Republican Sean Parnell in 2010.

No high-profile conservative challenger has yet filed to run for mayor of Anchorage.

Separately, the recently retired former head of the Anchorage Assembly is gearing up for a run at a Legislative seat. But she isn’t saying which chamber. Elvi Gray-Jackson has filed a letter of intent to run in the Democratic primary. Her paperwork indicates she’ll compete in a midtown district where both the House and Senate seats are currently held by Democrats — Representative Harriet Drummond and Senator Berta Gardner — neither of whom have yet filed letters of intent to run for re-election.